The Boston Celtics entered their first-round series vs. the Brooklyn Nets as heavy underdogs. Their chances of pulling off the upset slipped even further with their Game 1 loss Saturday night.
Despite the uphill battle against a Nets team loaded with star power, Tristan Thompson isn't lacking in confidence. The Celtics big man wanted to make it clear the team isn't unnerved going up against Brooklyn's "Big Three."
"I mean, listen, if you have a team with Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, you better step on the court feeling good about yourself," Thompson told reporters on Monday. "But we don't give a s--- about that. At the end of the day, they put their socks on and their shoes on just like us. So, we're not intimidated or anything like that."
The Celtics certainly didn't appear fazed in the first half of Game 1 as they held the Nets to 47 points (16 in the first quarter) and an uncharacteristic 7.7 percent from 3-point range. But when Brooklyn's shots started falling in the third quarter, Boston didn't have much of an answer. It scored only 40 points in the second half resulting in a 104-93 defeat.
Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden overcame a sluggish start to combine for 82 of the Nets' 104 points. Meanwhile, Celtics star Jayson Tatum didn't make a field goal in the second half and Kemba Walker hit only five of his 16 shots in the game.
The C's will look to even the series Tuesday night with tip-off set for 7:30 p.m. ET.